Ballistic missiles fired by North Korea lands in sea near Russia

In what the United States described as a message to South Korea following the election of its new president, rival North Korea has fired a ballistic missile that landed in a sea near Russia. Reuters in its report, citing information from officials in South Korea and Japan, said the missile is believed to be more powerful than the first one it tested last February. The source said it flew 700 km (430 miles) and reached an altitude of more than 2,000 km (1,245 miles). The missile was airborne for approximately 30 minutes before landing into the sea between North Korea’s east coast and Japan.

A US official, speaking to Reuters on the condition of anonymity, estimated the landing area to be approximately 97 km (60 miles) south of Russia’s Vladivostok region based on initial assessment. Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the United Nations, described Kim Jong-un’s latest action as a message South Korea which has just elected its new president, Moon Jae-in. The White House also believes this recent defiance by North Korea to the call of curbing its weapons program will not sit well with Russia. “With the missile impacting so close to Russian soil – in fact, closer to Russia than to Japan – the President cannot imagine that Russia is pleased,” said the White House in a statement. US also renewed its call to implement a much stronger sanction on North Korea following the incident.
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